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In the summer of 2011, my husband and I were newcomers to Buffalo. Southerners, we’d lived separately and together in numerous cities chasing newspaper careers until those jobs evaporated. We landed in Buffalo in 2010 to start over in midlife with two young sons, little money and no extended family for miles.When we embarked on the job search from our last home in northe…

A 44-year-old Bronx man was arrested by federal agents in Buffalo Friday and charged with fraud and misuse of immigration documents. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Abdus Samad attempted to enter the U.S. Thursday at the Lewiston Port of Entry using an allegedly fraudulently obtained U.S. passport as proof of citizenship. Immigration officers determined that he ha…

A 34-year-old West Delavan Avenue man was arrested for drunken driving and other counts when police found an open container of alcohol in his car at a traffic checkpoint in the first block of Montclair Avenue about 6 p.m. Thursday. Christopher A. Martin also was charged with aggravated unlicensed driving for operating a car with a suspended driver’s license and consuming…

A 55-year-old Claremont Avenue woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing a male neighbor six times during an argument about 11 p.m. Thursday. Karen Showalter was charged with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing the man in the chest, stomach and sides repeatedly. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center for surgery.

Two men were charged with selling marijuana in the second block of West Ferry Street early Thursday, Buffalo police reported Friday.Niles Jones, 32, of Whitney Place, and Joseph Dodds, 22, of Grant Street, were charged with felony criminal sale of marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana. Police arrested them at 1:15 a.m. for allegedly selling 27 small bags of mariju…

On Tuesday, an elderly Cheektowaga man missed his connecting flight to Buffalo at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and promptly disappeared. For days, relatives frantically phoned area hospitals and homeless shelters as investigators searched the airport on foot and reviewed hours of security footage, looking for any sign of 81-year-old Pasquale DeNora, who was ret…

CAMBRIA – A 33-year-old Lockport man who was injured in a one-car crash was charged with felony drunk driving under Leandra’s Law Friday for having three children in his vehicle, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported.Eric V. Heiman was arrested after he was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport for treatment after the 11:45 a.m. crash on Saunders Settl…

It is hard to find someone in the state Education Department who can recall a time when a frustrated commissioner ordered a local school district to report to Albany because the district needed help in developing acceptable plans on its own.But when Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. determined that oft-rejected turnaround proposals for four Buffalo schools were still…

LOCKPORT – Ronald A. Bugyi Jr., 40, of New Road, Ransomville, pleased and surprised Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas by his success on six months of interim probation for felony driving while intoxicated, so the judge spared him a prison sentence and expanded his probation term to a full five years Friday.Bugyi had pleaded guilty in the wake of a May 11, 2012, ar…

LOCKPORT – Timothy C. DePetris, the Niagara Falls businessman accused of trying to murder his brother-in-law and then trying to hire a hitman to finish the job, may have been hoodwinked by a jailhouse informant and a federal agent, according to comments by attorneys in Niagara County Court on Friday.Also, defense attorney E. Earl Key said he believes the state’s new gu…

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature has agreed to spend $21.3 million as half the cost of master plan improvements at the county-sponsored Genesee Community College.The plan, which so far has no construction timetable, calls for two new buildings and other improvements in a $42.5 million capital project to meet present and future needs of the 47-year-old instituti…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man was arraigned in Niagara County Court Friday on an indictment charging him with making three cocaine sales to a police informant in that city last year.Patrick E. Powell, 32, of Mead Street, is charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.The indictment accused him of selling cocain…

Five people were taken to area hospitals after a two-car crash at about 3:20 p.m. Friday at South Park and Dorrance avenues. One of the injured was listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.Police continue to investigate the accident, in which one of the vehicles rolled over.The identities of those involved have not been released.

LOCKPORT – Jonathan D. Bersani accepted a plea deal in Niagara County Court Friday, admitting to two cocaine felonies while avoiding prosecution on a third.Bersani, 21, of Koons Avenue, Buffalo, a former Town of Niagara resident, accepted a sentencing cap of three years from County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who will make it official Oct. 18. Bersani is jailed in lieu of…

LOCKPORT – A Cambria man pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Friday to a charge of violating a restraining order by roughing up a woman March 12.Robert G. Holmes, 32, of Upper Mountain Road, admitted to first-degree criminal contempt and was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 1 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. He could receive up to four years in prison.The woman alleg…